art, Charcoal, white on black

Downtime Doodles

Downtime Busy

white on black paper, busy schedule, doodles

Often I associate the word busy with negative aspects of life, but really that isn’t completely accurate.  Busy means I am engaged, learning, interacting, and accomplishing.  Lately I haven’t had as much time to work on larger art pieces, but that’s okay.

What is taking up my drawing time?  That’s a great question, and in answering it I have discovered a few things about myself.  My family is very important to me, and investing in them comes first.  That might mean making meals, doing laundry, being the taxi service, teaching, or just there to listen; each job is of great importance. I have also come to realize that I have a great need to be constantly learning and challenging myself.  Right now, the challenge is to learn Adobe Illustrator.

Still in all these busy moments, daily sketching has found a way to become infused into my day.   It started with a couple simple doodles on a black piece of paper while I waited for my daughter to finish her music lessons.  The result was Down Time Doodles. There is a sense of freedom and relaxation when I doodle, which is welcome in my busy schedule. The down-times are good times, and I am looking forward to more doodle time.



Pen and Ink

Pen and Ink

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear don’t sit at home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.”

Dale Carnegie

November has been busy, and that is good.  Since I can not post the pieces that I am working on just yet (commissions and gifts) I have decided to post a piece that I did a long time ago.

  This is my first pen and ink. 

 8 x 6 Pen and Ink

I enjoyed experimenting with the different strokes, the stippling, and the effects that can be created with ink.  What a great experience!

Coming up I have a pen and ink in progress, and eventually I will be posting the commission pieces. Busy really can be a good thing. 🙂